Christian Patience and the “Letter to Diognetus”

“… what the soul is in the body, that is what Christians are in the world.” In his book, The Patient Ferment of the Early Church, Alan Kreider examines the life of the Church prior to its receiving protection from the Roman Empire. Specifically focusing on the first three centuries he draws out important markers of the church…

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Readings for June 4

Readings for the week of June 4: Psalm 146 • I Kings 17:8-24 • Galatians 1:11-24 • Luke 7:11-17 Honoring the sacrifice of those who serve is good. It is a reminder of the human cost of conflict and the fact that the peace of God’s Kingdom, while having arrived, is still to come, not…

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Readings for May 28

Your readings for the week: Psalm 96 • I Kings 8:22-43 • Genesis 22 • Galatians 1:1-12 • Luke 7:1-10 The Christian calendar is divided into two important sections. The first, which begins with Advent, traces the life of Jesus from the time of anticipation through to the descent of the Holy Spirit and Christ’s enduring…

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“Jesus in the Boat” – Communion Meditation from Tom Shalin

Communion meditation 6-8-13 – Jesus in the boat

 Luke 5:1-11

Story of Jesus teaching from Peter’s boat, and when finished told Peter to row out to deeper water and drop his nets. Peter groused about it saying they had already fished all night with little results, but did what Jesus said. Peter caught so much fish that his and another boat could hardly handle the catch without sinking.

So how did Peter react? Was he thankful? Happy about it?

He told Jesus, “Go away from me, for I am a sinful man.” Perhaps Peter recognizes the vast difference between Jesus and himself, and so recoils in “the terror experienced in the presence of the revelation of the Holy One.” So says the New International Commentary of the NT.

Peter’s reaction is a window into Israel’s world. The covenant between the Lord and Israel means that the Lord Himself is in the boat, so to speak, with Israel.

How do you react when Jesus is in your boat?

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Communion Meditation from June 8 ~ Thanks Tom!

This past week Tom Shalin shared a communion meditation with Wheatland that was so rich I thought it would be a good idea to post it here so we could read and digest it more slowly. Take your time and dig into this great material. Thank you Tom! 

Luke 5:1-11

Story of Jesus teaching from Peter’s boat, and when finished told Peter to row out to deeper water and drop his nets. Peter groused about it saying they had already fished all night with little results, but did what Jesus said. Peter caught so much fish that his and another boat could hardly handle the catch without sinking.

So how did Peter react? Was he thankful? Happy about it?

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